The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 32
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
–Hebrews 1:3 (ESV)
If we would live a life of uninterrupted faith, we would be in a continual, face-to-face conversation with God. Consider what happens when you express your thoughts out loud: your words are carried on the air around you. Likewise, faith understands that everything that happens to you is like that air. Everything you must do or suffer carries God’s thoughts and words to you. If we had perfect faith, the world around us would simply be the embodiment of his word to us. We would see our environment as something created by his word; all would be holy to us, and all would be wonderful.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
The doctrine of creation is fundamental to Christianity. But who believes this doctrine with what Jean Pierre de Caussade called “uninterrupted faith”? Such faith never forgets that this world not only began, but is being upheld by God’s word, as we read in Hebrews 1:3.
We do not have perfect, uninterrupted faith in this life. But it is always increasing, and what we would consider a small amount can do great things in the kingdom of God. Do you believe that this world was created by the word of God? If so, make full use of that belief; follow through to its implications. You will begin to see how creation communicates, and communication creates, and how God’s creative word remains new, even as it propels this ancient world towards its own renewal.
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